New building codes on earthquake safety

According to experts, an earthquake, like the one that created panic in Oslo 100 years ago, may occur again. New building codes will introduced before New Years.

The researchers at the earthquake observatory NORSAR claim it is possible that the Oslo fjord area will experience a new major quake. When it comes, and how strong it will be, is impossible to say.

NORSAR has conducted comprehensive research on earthquakes in Norway, and it is this study that operates as a basis for calculations of how strong forces the buildings must be able to handle in case of possible future quakes.

Codes which demand control of earthquake strain will be introduced before New Years, wrote the Norwegian paper Dagsavisen.

The earthquake that hit Oslo Oct 23, 1904, at 11:27 a.m., measured 5.4 on the Richter scale.

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